"Good first-time lightweight budger HD camcorder"4.0 starson by ice82
Pros: Good video quality, easy to use, light and compact, rotating handle
Cons: manual lens protector, photo mode
Summary: For what it's worth, it's a pretty decent camcorder. Yes, it's not great at taking still shots, but that is not what camcorders are for. If you want stills, capture the video footage or better yet, use a real camera.
I found this camcorder to be very easy to use; you can have it up and running without even having to read the manual. The 'Easy' mode lets beginners (like my father) to use the camcorder without much adjustment/fuss.
It's very light and compact, so you can take it whereever you go.
On the other hand, the I would have liked the lens cap to open automatically when you turn the camcorder on in video mode; you have to open it manually instead. The photo mode is not great, but camcorders are for taking movies, not stills like I mentioned before.
After recording movies, unlike some of the reviewers, it was very easy for me to transfer the files to the computer and play it. Just connected the camcorder via USB 2.0 (love the standard connector!) and dragged the file onto my hard drive. To play the files, I used the bundled software and it looked great in HD.
Even though it's not 1080i, 720p looks just as good on my LCD.
Overall, I think this is well worth the money at its good price point and I'm looking forward to use it on my future trips!